A weekly roundup of L.A. tech company and product launches.
Boingo: Westwood’s Boingo Wireless has launched a 50-country roaming service partnership with German telecommunications firm Deutsche Telekom. With the deal, Deutsche Telekom customers will be able to access 1 million Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots around the world at places such as airports, major hotels, shopping malls and city centers.
Tongal: Santa Monica’s Tongal, a video competition website, has partnered with Nokia to launch a virtual reality video contest. Contestants will pitch their ideas for Nokia’s new OZO virtual reality camera in a 120-second video. Contest winners will receive $20,000 and an OZO.
TeleSign: TeleSign, of Marina del Ray, launched TeleSign Auto Verify, a software development kit for mobile app developers. The new SDK streamlines the account verification process and is designed to be a more reliable and cost-effective method than SMS-based verification alone.
YP: Glendale’s YP has launched the ypPresence Starter, a tool to help businesses manage online reputations. The tool helps businesses create and update business listings on multiple sites at once, as well as track reviews and social media activity on a dashboard.
Talnts: Talnts, a social media app, has launched. The Los Angeles company developed a directory for hiring people for short-term gigs like wedding photography, copywriting or Web design.
FEM Inc.: L.A.’s FEM Inc. launched a video engagement platform called Prizma. The tool is designed to automatically recommend and syndicate videos across a network to increase user engagement, video views and advertising revenue.
House of Moves: Animation motion capture studio House of Moves of Playa Vista launched a technology named Helibug. The software streamlines motion capture technology and allows 3-D animation to be quickly converted into feature film, digital video, video game and virtual reality formats.
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